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Prince's estate release previously unheard feel-good track Hot Summer

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The Prince Estate and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, have released a new unheard Prince track, titled Hot Summer.

The song is the second lifted from his forthcoming album Welcome 2 America, recorded back in 2010, and scheduled for release on July 30.

Alongside the new offering, Prince's Estate has launched a new season of its official podcast. The Story of Welcome 2 America follows the making of the new album through the studios of Paisley Park and out onto the road with Prince in 2010-2011.

The podcast also recounts the memories of Prince’s long-time vocalist Shelby J., as well as fellow NPG vocalists Liv Warfield and Elisa Fiorillo's, of becoming close with the musician. One tale recalls a time after the recording of new single Hot Summer, where Prince took them along for a drive past the beach while blasting the new tune.

Elisa Fiorillo says on the podcast: “All those people were outside and I’m thinking it’s broad daylight, they’re gonna see him. But we didn’t care.

“We had the windows rolled down and we were playing Hot Summer. There’s nothing like driving in a car and listening to music and I think he agreed.” 

"It makes me think we’re all at the beach doing the twist, like Annette Funicello,” Shelby J. added. “That’s just what I feel when I hear that song. So I say it’s going be a Hot Purple Summer!”

Listen to Hot Summer below:

Liz Scarlett
Liz Scarlett

Liz works on keeping the Louder sites up to date with the latest news from the world of rock and metal. Prior to joining Louder as a full time staff writer, she completed a Diploma with the National Council for the Training of Journalists and received a First Class Honours Degree in Popular Music Journalism. She enjoys writing about anything from neo-glam rock to stoner, doom and progressive metal, and loves celebrating women in music. '10 bands that rip off Black Sabbath but get away with it' is her favourite article she's written with Louder so far. When not writing, Liz enjoys various creative endeavours such as graphic design, as well as reading about rock’n’roll history, art and magic.